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post #1 of 5 Old 11-09-2010, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Woods & Finishes for Outdoor Shed

Greetings all. I’m new to this forum and to wood finishing so bear with me as I ask some silly questions. I’m building a shed and not sure what wood to use and how to finish it. I’m looking for something that will survive the New England weather without having to “baby” it every year. I like the look of wood and DO NOT want to paint it. I was thinking about cedar but that may be expensive. If I go with pine how can I protect it? Thanks in advance for your help.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-09-2010, 09:33 PM
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not sure about your weather. cedar is costly but a good choice. i would NOT use pine....
look into penofin. its also costly but what better way to care for your costly wood.
redwood is always good wood outdoors and little less costly.
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I've been using a product call Bristol Finish. It's a marine grade wood coating that looks jsut like varnish.
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My son lives in NH. I see a lot of pine siding painted out there. My choice would be cedar. Its natural rot resistance seems ideal for the weather out there.
Cedar will turn gray naturally without treatment. I am not a fan of any clear, film finish due to the limited UV protection and possibility of pealing. Most will not stop the graying. If it was mine, I would use an oil base, cedar, semitransparent stain. This doesn't do much for wood protection but rather facilitates color retention.

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again ill say penafin ( red ) awsome stuff, its a brazilian rosewood oil and its got uv protection with clear, and 99% uv protection with the transparent colors. its recomended for 1 coat but i do 3-4 depending on the wood.
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